The last good byes in Santa Fe (and paraná)

So besides everything I wrote in the last post I’ve been with the couchsurfing-girls to Rosario (which I’ve already written about) and last weekend we were also in Paraná and visited Veronica. :)

We ate at this place called “Olivo” – rice and gratinated broccoli – but the best – the famous orange cheesecake – said to be the best in the universe, and it was delicccciiiioooussss. Then we went around the coast for a walk and had some deep conversation about life and how to improve ourselves and live life to the fullest. I love our conversations and our meetings, we are like lost souls connecting :) Meaning that we didn’t know each other before couchsurfing but we connected on a whole new level. Big like!

Having the famous orange cheese cake!

Having the famous orange cheese cake!

Viewpoint. On the other side of the river is Santa Fe!

Viewpoint. On the other side of the river is Santa Fe!

Another thing that happened in Paraná: I met up with my old pen pal from the year 2000! Yeah, who would have thought that? Writing to someone on the other side of the world! Haha. Last year she had found one of my old letters – and looked me up on facebook – we started chatting a little bit. Then she sees that I got tagged on a picture saying that I’m in Santa Fe – which apparently is 30 minutes from her home in Paraná! Amazing how little the world can be sometimes. And so fun to see her! To bad it was the last weekend before leaving though.

Old letters to Lorena!

Old letters to Lorena!

With my old penpal from year 2000, lorena :)

With my old pen pal from year 2000, lorena :)

The parana girls - me and Gisela visiting Veronica, Marcela and Lorena

The parana girls – me and Gisela visiting Veronica, Marcela and Lorena

Oh, and maybe worth to tell – I’ve got a new tattoo :) So glad, I’ve wanted to do one for so long, and I found a great place here, and it was cheap too – only 200 pesos, about 35 USD. Duilio also made one. So we do now both have infinity tattoos : )

Matching tattoos!

Matching tattoos!

I’ve also kept doing dance classes (salsa/merengue/bachata/cumbia/chachacha), foil and drums. Last Friday was my last drum lesson :( I recorded a bit so that I never forget how much I liked it and how great my teacher was – Lucas Negretti – if you want to learn how to play drums in Santa Fe, he is the best!

Lucas showing how to play "Every breath you take"

Lucas showing how to play ”Every breath you take”

On sunday we had dinner with Duilios uncles Gustavo and German, who gets married next week! Congratulations!!! And together with Dana and Lautaro. We had delicious pizzas (you order them really big and all share later, cool) and on our way home we snuck into Cremolatis to have some midnight ice-cream. Mmmmm! :)

Having dinner together with Gustavo, german, Dana and Luciano. Such a great pizza!!!

Having dinner together with Gustavo, german, Dana and Luciano. Such a great pizza!!!

And yesterday was my last fencing class and salsa class. I’m so sad. I’ve got used to the kids now, I will miss them. I kept saying “keep on with fencing and I’ll be back for a visit in a couple of years”. Hehe. They will all be grown up then, since most of them are around 12 years now. And Pedro, my trainer. Last week he told me that I couldn’t have come in a better moment, that he really enjoys my company. He needs “someone older to talk to” and also someone a little bit more experienced to fence with to keep the spirit going. And I’m glad likewise for all the extra-time he has taken to give me private lessons and to fence with me!

With the fencers at Club Banco Provincial! From the upper left; Lourdes, Me,Pedro and Alejandro, and lower right; Juan Ignacio, Lautaro, Juan Pablo and Juan :)

With the fencers at Club Banco Provincial! From the upper left; Lourdes, Me,Pedro and Alejandro, and lower right; Juan Ignacio, Lautaro, Juan Pablo and Juan :)

And the salsa-classes, it has only been a month but so much fun with all the other “students” and our teacher Dany, who also said to me ”I have it in me”. I hear the difference between different music styles now and I really enjoy to dance to different latin-music.

With the salsa group! Together with our teacher Dany

With the salsa group! Together with our teacher Dany

I  felt tinged with sadness on my way back home from Club Banco Provincial, which is where I’ve been training. So sad so sad. But the good thing is that – if everything keeps on going as it should – I will probably be back for a visit in a few years, since my boyfriend is Santa Fesino :)

Today I also said my last good byes to Duilios family. First to Jorge (Duilios dad), who came by before going to work. Then we visited Duilios grandmother Ines. She had made apple cake specially for us to bring home and even eggplant-milanesas for me to eat tomorrow! Oh oh. So sweet. such a sweet lady – reminds me so much of my own grandmother (who sadly died this summer). Then we went to the other side of the street to have dinner at Duilios other grandmother Kika (which is totally the opposite from Ines – not at all that typical grandmother – but modern and loud). We had homemade ravioles – lovely – I’m really getting used to this homemade pasta now… going to be hard later! Haha. After some  delicious apple/pear cake and mandarin cake and some playing on Lautaros phone – it was time to say good-bye there too, to grandparents Kika and Hugo, to mother Claudia, brother Lautaro, the aunt Lorena, her husband Adrian and her kids Brune and Thiago. Some of them even cried, broke my heart.

A very normal argentinian family :)

A very normal Argentinian family :)

Now I don’t have so much left – some packing, cleaning and a goodbye to the love of my life, before heading to Iguacú alone again. I was crying a week ago, but now that it’s just around the corner – I’m trying to hold up. Let’s see how it all turns out – hopefully we’ll meet in a couple of months again!!

Having tea in the pasteleria, such a cozy café! :)

Having tea party in our favorite café – the Pasteleria, such a cozy place! :)

Last months in Santa Fe

I notice that I haven’t uploaded any pictures from Santa Fe during september and october. Even if I haven’t done too much, just had a “normal” life, I can’t not take pictures ;)

We have been to the costanera a couple of times – the coast line of Santa Fe where people go to drink mate and look at other people jogging or show off their brand new cars – and then to the Parque Federal which is just around the corner from our home, much more silent and nicer. The first of September we moved to Giselas old apartment – because she moved to Rosario.

By the costanera, people park the car, take out a chair, and drink mate.

By the costanera, people park the car, take out a chair, and have picnic/drink mate.

Sunset and drunken trees siluettes by the costanera

Sunset and drunken trees silhouettes by the costanera

 

Doing bracelets in the Parque federal

Doing bracelets in the Parque federal

Having dinner at our new place :)

Having dinner at our new place :)

I’ve been to a kids fencing tournament here in Santa Fe, funny to see the kids fence ”for real”, and our guys behaved very well :) They are too young to get any scored though, but they all did well, had fun and got medals :)

Our guys :)

Our CBP-guys :)

The fencing medals :)

The fencing medals :)

We went bowling with the couchsurfing-gang on Fernandas good-bye party (she went back to Brazil). And I won ;) Haha! Duilio was mocking me because I started of really bad so it felt good to win later :)

Well... this went well...

Well… this went well…

We were invited to Nicos house for his birthday, it was potluck sucker – which is very common here on parties, so everybody brings a little bit of food to share (usually food you can eat with your hands), we brought pizza – which Sebastian had made for is earlier since he works at a pizzeria, hehe.  It was a perfect evening, not to hot or to cold, and the kind of “parties” or get-together I like, small and more personal, nice to have a chance to get talk  the guys get to know them a little better.

Hanging at Nicos house :)

Hanging at Nicos house :)

I’ve been to my first Argentinian wedding – Luciana and Gabys. Gaby is Duilios old friend from school. Such a sweet couple, and beautiful wedding, all though I noticed that here in Argentina is much more of a party and disco then a wedding haha. They have this thing called “cotillion” – which are stuff for parties – so they gave out multicolored disco light things (glasses/bracelets/rings/sticks) to everybody. Noooow I understand why there are so many cotillion-stores everywhere here – because Argentinians love cotillion and have it in every party!!

In the church for the wedding

In the church for the wedding

Me and Duilio

Me and Duilio

The bride and the groom

The bride and the groom with some adornments (picture borrowed from wedding photographer)


A couple of weeks ago I went out on a fishing trip along the rivers in Santa Fe together with Duilio and Seba, and yeah, the beginners luck really is!! I fished like 6 fishes that day! Thanks to that they had lunch : ) And yes, I feel horrible because I’m a vegetarian, but I only fished 3 for them to eat and the rest threw in the river again. Still, I really enjoyed fishing, and the day was beaaaaautiful and perfect, we got picked up about 5.30 in the morning and came back after sunset. Didn’t notice the first hours of sun – from about 7 to 10.30 we didn’t wear sun screen – so yeah…… we got buuuuurned!

Sunrise

Sunrise

Duilio wants to take some cred for the fish I fished ;)

Duilio wants to take some cred for the fish I fished ;)

Cow along the river!

Cow along the river!

Duilio me and Seba on the rivers of Santa Fe

Duilio me and Seba on the rivers of Santa Fe

The perfect spot for our camp!

The perfect spot for our camp!

Duilios first fish. He is so happy.

Duilios first fish. He is so happy.

My sixth fish or something. This yellow one is the most common in the rivers!

My sixth fish or something. This yellow one is the most common in the rivers!

The captain! With nice burn marks on his feet!

The captain on our way back home! With nice shoes marks on his feet!

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Such a handsome half red half white couple.

Next entry soon with the last pics from Santa Fe!!

Finally a video from Argentina

It’s been a while since I last uploaded a video!

This video is only from Argentina, a mix from the first and the second period. I haven’t uploaded anything yet from Bolivia who came in between my two visits to Argentina. Since I’ve been a total of 4,5 months here, these 5 minutes aren’t much.

I haven’t done anything really touristic either, so this is just a gathering of a few events. Trombonanza, ”El dia del amigo”/ ”international friendship day”, a few sunsets, Duilios family, boat trip on the Santa Fe river, some fencing in Rosario, a trip to Buenos Aires, a few roller coasters from the amusement park there, a wedding and a fishing trip in Santa Fe.

Enjoy!

 

 

Fencing and couchsurfing in Rosario

I’ve been in Rosario the two past weekends. It’s only 2,5 hours away with bus from Santa Fe where I live, and relatively cheap to go there (one way 65 pesos, about 22 USD).

Rosario is Argentina’s third largest city after Buenos Aires and Cordoba. It belongs to the province Santa Fe, which Santa Fe is the Capital, but Rosario is much bigger. Some famous people who were born here is Che Guevarra and Lionel Messi.

Last weekend I went for the fencing tournament ”Panamericano”, which is the biggest one in Central and South America, with the best fencers from each country. I was there on Sunday, to see the woman’s epee. There weren’t many fencers or much public there, but my trainer Pedro said that it was full on Saturday when it was men’s foil. So epee isn’t that big, and neither women…

The semi-finals in womens epee

The semi-finals in womens epee

It was really fun to see epee again, I finally understand what’s happening! (I’m training a little bit of foil now in Santa Fe). But the level wasn’t thaaaat high either, I thought it was going to be. There were a few really good ones, like the winner, a girl from Chile, was extremely secure and won big time. But I wasn’t to impressed by the average level. One girl from Ecuador didn’t have any physical training, only technical. And they sent her, so she must be the best fencer from her country. So I guess women’s epee is not that big at all over here. Too sad. I would probably be ranked quite good here ;) Hehe.

Anyhow. Gisela came by, the girl from couchsurfing which lets me rent her apartment in Santa Fe while she has moved to Rosario. After the womans final we had some fun watching the mens sabre (they are crazy) and then we went out for a walk along the Parana-river in Rosario. It was a perfect day for that – so sunny and hot, and it was such a good vibe here in Rosario!

Rosario - high buildings behind and green park with a lot of picknick-people in front.

Rosario – high buildings behind and green park with a lot of picknick-people in front.

We visited a handicraft market, food market and designer clothes market, passed by a music band playing, a theatre in a park, people vending home-made stuff, people walking on lines between trees, people doing capoeira or people just sitting in the grass drinking mate. Such a niiiice relaxed happy feeling here.

People sitting and enjoying an open theatre

People sitting and enjoying an open theatre

I really thought this thing in the middle of the way was beautiful. :)

I really thought this thing in the middle of the way was beautiful. :)

Food market. Mmmmm!

Food market. Mmmmm!

Then it was time for me to take the bus home.

This weekend, me, Chechu, Eugenia and Veronica from Paraná went together to Rosario to visit Gisela and her new apartment. All the girls are from the couchsurfing group in Santa Fe! So nice.

We arrived mid-day on Saturday and went to our hostel – and already in the stairs on the way up we passed by like 15 young big rugby guys haha. This weekend it’s a big game here in Rosario with an Argentinian team and a Australian team.. And rugby it’s sooo big here, the second biggest sport after football! Weird. I haven’t even seen a rugby game in my life. Haha.

Well. We had some problems there since they had booked us for the 3rd instead of the 5th.. but they had sub-booked another hostel for us called ”Pachamama” much much calmer and safer. We were almost the only guests there too, we had a private room for ourselves and everything. :) We left our bags and since we were really hungry, we met up with Gisela at an Ecological/half vegetarian restaurant… and damn it was good, and so big plates too. Hehe.

Eating at a ecological restaurant - really good food. We were so hungry in this picture! Haha

Eating at a ecological restaurant – really good food. We were so hungry in this picture! Haha

After a few hours of talking, we passed by Giselas, filled the thermos with hot water and went to the costanera (the coastline), drank mate and enjoyed the last hours of sun.
Then we took a walk around the area and went to Giselas house to have some coffee before heading back to our hostel to shower and get ready for the night.

Having some mate and enjoying the last sun.

Having some mate and enjoying the last sun.

Group-picture in a really cool tree.

Group-picture in a really cool tree.

I love the trees - the sunset makes it even more pink!

I love the trees – the sunset makes it even more pink!


After the shower we went back to Giselas again to eat dinner – mmmmm yuuummy. She had prepared great vegetarian food (yes, both her, me and Chechu are veggies! Hurray!). We had Spanish omelette, bread and crackers with humus and another bean-sauce and then vegetarian hamburgers for dinner. All very healthy too compared to all the pasta and cream I’ve eaten lately. Of course we rounded up with Giselas lovely lemon pie.

 

Hahah... such a funny picture. We were going to take a group picture, but Chechu run a little bit late.... She looks so scary, and look at her hand!

Hahah… such a funny picture. We were going to take a group picture, but Chechu run a little bit late…. She looks so scary, and look at her hand!


After that we went out to a place what used to be something pub/restaurant/club or something, but tonight it was a club filled with 16-22 year old bimbo-girls and rugby-guys or something. Not really our style. But we had paid 50 pesos to get in, so we stayed for a while watching these creatures…  and I noticed that fashion from the 90s are back – high platforms “heel” and tight tops that shows both tits and belly…they look like spice girls haha (a little bit embarrassing). Then we went home around 3.30.

Out in the club. :)

Out in the club. :)

Next day we had breakfast at the hostel and checked out, went to Giselas to leave our bags and then walked around the coast again, visiting the markets and the “Monumento de las banderas” or as it is called in English “Argentinas National flag memorial”. Then we had a light late lunch (I love salad) at Giselas before heading back home at 18.

I really had a great weekend, and I really like Rosario. It’s nice to have some getaways sometimes to something different. :)

Breakfast at the hoste!

Breakfast at the hoste!

Escaping the sun under a really nice big tree.

Escaping the midday-sun under a really nice big tree.

Totally overgrown balcony. So beautiful!

Totally overgrown balcony. So beautiful!

Love these old clocks.

Love these old clocks.

Apparently the very common "drunken trees" (borrachos) here blooms with those white balls - feels like christmas!

Apparently the very common ”drunken trees” (borrachos) here blooms with those white balls – feels like it’s been christmas decorated!

The avocado-simular fruits there blooms to those cotton-like puffs. So wierd!

The avocado-simular fruits there blooms to those cotton-like puffs. Weird ”flower”.

The flag memorial monument!

The flag memorial monument!

And I noticed that I really miss the traveling, the hostels, the couchsurfing, the hanging out with other travelers, the walking, the discovering, the photographing… But I also really noticed how much I will miss Duilio when I leave. I mean, If I do it over a weekend.. how will I feel when I know we wont se each other for like 2 months?

It was hard the first time – when we left Mexico.., (after 3 weeks I knew I couldn’t wait 4 months so I booked an 2 months earlier flight). It was horrible the second time when I went to Bolivia (and noticed I wouldn’t enjoy being away 2,5 months, so instead I came back after a month) …. How will it be the third time?

Now that I’ve been here in Santa Fe for like 4 months,  I’m sort of tired of everything here, I don’t enjoy it as much as the first month, and I’m not very fond of the narrow-minded small village square-thinking they have here. (People actually stare at me on the street when I wear a cap and baggy jeans…)

So I just want to get away from here and I get excited when I plan about my trip to Brazil… but then it strikes my mind – and Duilio?? I know that I will have a horrible time when I’ll be away from my boyfriend. Like have I really thought this through?? Everything I do, see, feel, experience, I want to share with him. I’m not complete without him. Damn it. I’m such a mess. I’m not used to feeling like this!! I’m used to be totally independent and do everything how I want and when I want to. Well well. Guess that’s what people call love?… Haha. Anyways, I’m really looking forward to a future where we travel together aaaall the time.

 

Back in Santa Fe

I’ve been here a month. We have our old apartment in the city center of Santa Fe, very nice location. Duilio is studying and working hard, and I’m practically doing nothing, but the days just passes by so quickly.. I have once again a membership in the gym here, so I go a couple of times a week and do some gymnastics. I’ve started to do some bracelets again too of course.. haha. I’ve also been working on the new webpage for Filmfamiljen (me and my mothers company).

So what have we done? Well.. we celebrated ”friends day” (el dia del amigo) here in the mid of July, which is something we don’t have in Sweden, but it’s a really nice tradition. We went to Rafas house again, and it was the whole Santo Tome-gang with girlfriends. Nico once again did really great food, both the vegetarian and the meat thingy, everybody loved it. Haha.

Nico cooking for all the friends!

Nico cooking for all the friends!

My boyfriend just loves meat... jaja

My boyfriend just loves meat… jaja

The whole Santo Tome gang with girlfriends!

The whole Santo Tome gang with girlfriends!

I have also found a couchsurfing-group here. They are almost not active at the couchsurfing webpage at all, but I got an invitation to the facebook group, and wow, they are writing like 20 entries every day! So active!! And the people are really sweet and open-minded. I went to a meeting at the Costanera (by the river) and met a group of girls who later were going out to a bar around the corner of our apartment at night, so I joined them. The bar was nice too, not that stereotypic as the other place I went to last time.. haha. People here were more relaxed :) I also run into Sebastian and his girlfriend here, and one of Duilios friends in school, funny thing since I almost don’t know anyone else here in Santa Fe, haha. Duilio stayed at home because he needed to study for an exam (which went great :).

Out with the girls from couchsurfing :)

Out with the girls from couchsurfing :)

One of the girls there, a brazilian exchange student, told me about Cayasta which  is located 82 km to the North of the capital of the province, and there are ruins of the primitive city of Santa Fe de la Vera Cruz there. So next weekend we went there.

Today the old town is called ”Santa Fe La Vieja”The city was transferred to where it is today around the 1650s because of some problems with native people and also because of cyclical flood defenses. About half of the old town is today flooded, but they have more than 2 square kilometers museum where several of the original buildings have been restored. A nice day trip! 

Duilio filling up the thermos with mate at the gasstation. Yes, they always have hot water at the gas stations. Crazy!

Duilio filling up the thermos with mate at the gas station. Yes, they always have hot water at the gas stations. Crazy!

In the car, roadtrip to cayasta, the old santa fe!

In the car, road trip to cayasta, the old santa fe!

The old Santa Fe. In the mid 1600 they moved the city 80 kilometres north, where it is situated today. All the remains here were intact or destroyed by the flooded river.

The old Santa Fe. In the mid 1600 they moved the city 80 kilometres north, where it is situated today. All the remains here were intact or destroyed by the flooded river.

Some skeletons in one of the old churches in the town

Some skeletons in one of the old churches in the town

Flooded little village. The one who build his house above a lot of wooden planks was smart ;)

Flooded little village. The one who build his house above a lot of wooden planks was smart ;)

The weekend after we went to a sort of cultural house party in one of the couchsurfing members house. They had art projects, sculptures and photos everywhere, they had a big fire outside and some of the guests were musically blessed and entertained us a bit.. really nice thing. Also everybody paid like 30 pesos and got free drinks all night, and everybody brought something to eat to share so we had dinner there too. Really nice!

Couchsurfing-party! Lots of people!

Couchsurfing-party! Lots of people!

Some music enterteinment from USA and Brazil :)

Some music entertainment from USA and Brazil :)

I’ve also attended to a couple of concerts at Trombonanza. It’s a week-long event every year, and musicians from the whole world come here to take part of it! I met up with a new girl from Couchsurfing and went to the Teatro Municipal where they had a free concert (there are a few ones every day for a week!!). It was crowded too, and really nice to see a big mixture of people everywhere. In Sweden it’s more formal, not that many young people go and see an orchestra play, but here it’s quite hip and almost everybody have been or want to go to see it. It was reaaaally nice!

Trombonanza 2013! Playing  outside the Teatro Municipal :)

Trombonanza 2013! Playing outside the Teatro Municipal :)

Last free concert of Trombonanza 2013, in the Teatro Municipal. So cool! Lots of people!

Last free concert of Trombonanza 2013, in the Teatro Municipal. So cool! Lots of people!

I got so interested that I started to take some drum classes here in Santa Fe after that! Hehe. It’s quite cheap, it costs like 210 pesos a month, which are one class a week. :) And my drum teacher is really great and much fun!! He both looks and sounds like Charlie from It’s always sunny in Philadelphia! Haha.

My drumteacher Lucas and his drums!

My drumteacher Lucas and his drums!

Oh, and one sunday we went to try out Sebas cuatricycle. Yeah I know, weird thing to own!! But not here… apparently it got popular last year, and a lot of people got their own cuatricycle, like instead of getting a boat or a motorcycle, you get your cuatricycle!  We went a little bit outside town to a park just beside the road where people go to cuatricycle (don’t know if that’s a verb really, haha). It was me, Duilio and Seba at first but later all his family showed up to do it, haha, mother, father, cousins, sister, uncle, and boyfriends or girlfriends… haha. Funny familiar event! And there were plenty of other cuatricycle-groups there too, haha. :)

Trying out the cuatricycle... Haha.

Trying out the cuatricycle… Haha.

Having mates a sunday afternoon with Sebas whole family.... like mother, father, sister, uncle, aunt, girlfriends etc. Haha :)

Having mates a sunday afternoon with Sebas whole family…. :)

So… what more?? I’ve started with fencing too!! I finally found a little organisation here that does fencing.. but it was only foil and not epée… and it’s really small, they hire a room twice a week, and it’s the teacher, two kids around 10 years old and one other in my age but with some mental condition. But still… it’s fencing ;) But foil.. damn it. So difficult haha.

I’ve also been shopping a little bit, a black skirt and a black cardigan.. and when I’m in the store, I see an entire shelf filled with new handkerchiefs! Haha. I have literally only seen my Spanish grandmother use those (before I met Duilio of course) but never seen where to buy them haha. I don’t think it’s possible today in Sweden.. or is it? I’ve only seen the ones made of paper.  Another thing they also have here is cloth hair ties, which I haven’t seen in like 15 years :)

Sometimes these small things surprises me, why is it ”out” in one side of the world and ”in” in the other side of the world?

Other things that I’ve thought about is the soap, here almost everyone uses the hard soap both as hand soap and body soap. I went to the store to buy soap and they also had a whole shelf (like 2-3 meters wide) filled with different kind of the old regular hard round soaps. In Sweden we usually have the liquid soap for hands and a special body soap that are like in shampoo bottles. I thought the hard soap was bad for the skin, like it will dry it out or something since it’s not a special body soap.. but honestly I haven’t really noticed any difference, more than it’s like 5 times cheaper. So why do we Swedes think that the cheap soap is bad for us? Sometimes you wonder where all our norms comes from and who started them, and what a business they did out of it... haha.


Well… Enough for today!

Here are some more pics!

Sad goodbyes and new hellos – Santa fe and Salta

On Friday we were invited to have dinner at Kikas house, Duilios grandmother. It was sort of a reunion with the whole family to say goodbye for this time. I really like this family, they are funny and easy to hang with.  I was thinking that I probably have seen this family more than I’ve seen my family in the last year, haha. But I’m glad that I’m comfortable with my boyfriends family, hehe. I hope he feels the same when he meets mine…. Oh, by the way, yes we have decided that we now are a couple for real. After 5 months I think it’s quite ok ;) Haha. And it feels great. I’m so damn in love with him. I love every second with him and I’m proud of him all the time, I want to say “look everybody, this is myyyy boyfriend!!!”. I don’t think I ever have felt this way before.

The borgo-gonzalez family laughing their asses of haha

The borgo-gonzalez family laughing their asses of haha

Yesterday, Saturday, was our last day together and we spent the whole day in bed. Oh, it was a perfect day!!!  He brought breakfast to bed, we watched a couple of episodes of Dexter, had some ice cream in bed, watched some more episodes of Dexter etc. My bus was leaving at 20.00…. feels so weird in my heart. Still I’m wondering why the heck I am doing this for?? When I know that the only thing my heart wants is to be with him. I’m not happy with out him. But my head says I should keep on with my journey. I’ve been here for a month. So I will try to enjoy Bolivia and the last part of Peru and then come back to Santa Fe again. Already looking forward to it. Seriously. Haha.

The perfect afternoon - ice cream in bed!

The perfect afternoon – ice cream in bed!

Anyhow. Now I’m in Salta, I arrived around 12.30 today, so the trip took 16 hours and 30 minutes. The buses were more regular ones, a little better then the ones in Mexico – it was actually quite hot in the bus, and they had this semi-bed thing where you put down a thing for the feet so they are stretched out… SO much better. Still I tried to lay down on the both seats that I had, I alternated between 4 different postures during the whole night because I woke up of something hurting, I think I changed around 30 times.. but still I slept well between every time I woke up… hehe.

When I arrived I walked to my host Sebastians house, really close to the center and to the bus station. He lives in a reaaaally big house, I loose myself here! Haha. He was going to his parents house since today Sunday
it’s fathers day here in Argentina, so I joined him to his old neighbourhood Milagros. And the whole family was there, mother, father, the two brothers, the aunt, two cousins and two grandmothers.

My host Sebastian family (he is the green shirt at the right)

My host Sebastian family (he is the green shirt at the right)


They
made me feel so welcome, that I feel like a part of this family too! It reminded me of Duilios family, it’s the same sort of relaxed funny hang out. It’s usual that here in Argentina, the families have lunch together on Sundays. I think it’s really nice that they know each other that well, they are that comfortable that they sort of can say ANYTHING in front of each other, more like friends do, so they have fun and enjoy each others company.

It’s not like the family reunions in Sweden that everybody hates (It’s a very common thought that “släktträff” (family reunion in swedish ) is boring). There it’s more like everybody has to show how good and successful they or their children are, people are not that comfortable because they don’t know each other that well. My family isn’t really like that, but still we barely see each other more then for birthdays or Christmases even if almost all of us live within a 10 minutes distance from each other.  It would be nice to have it as a weekly thing, but it feels almost like an impossible thing to do, we wouldn’t find a time when everybody is available or up to it.

I think Swedes don’t really appreciate family the same way they do here, we are much more independent, the general thought about young people is sort of try to get away from your family and do something of your own, not to get together. Ugh, when I put these things down to words it strikes me as very harsh, but they are still true. And I realize why people se us Swedes as cold people. We really are different from not only south America but in Europe too. Argentina is much more alike Spain in all ways, almost almost the same.

Love the spanish and the argentinain flag together.. :)

Love the spanish and the argentinain flag together.. :)

Hmm.. what was I saying?
Oh yeah, about Salta. It’s a nice colonial town here : ) There are plenty of tourist attractions too. In the evening we went to an American market as they call it here, which is a second hand market, and I bought a pair of shorts for 20 pesos (4 USD). Then we went to the handicraft market they have every weekend here, loveeeely stuff here too. Wowowow. And cheap aswell! I bought two beautiful rings here, typical from Peru though. :) Haha. Then I tried the typical Alfajor from Salta (not as good as the ones from Santa Fe I must say) and we also had great tortilla (baked bread on a col-stove). It was a nice day.

Having tortillas in Salta from the local lady

Having tortillas in Salta from the local lady

Mercado artesanal in Salta

Mercado artesanal in Salta

Then we walked home through the main street and the main plaza, it’s really nice and calm atmosphere here. One thing that’s different here from Santa Fe, except for the dialect (yes, they are MUCH more easy to understand here!) is that the people generally have darker hair and darker skin here that I’ve seen in Santa Fe. Just to throw something out, I would say that in Santa Fe, around 70% look like white Europeans, but here in Salta, around 30% does.  At least that’s my guess from today. My guess is that since this is pretty close to Bolivia, more Bolivian people have come here to work and create families over the years, while Santa Fe has remained intact since the European came there to work and create families a couple of hundred years ago. Haha.

The San Francisco church, a little unusual to have a pink one!

The San Francisco church, a little unusual to have a pink one!

Today I went to the archeological museum, but it was closed. Damn it, I really wanted to go there, they have mummies and stuff and they say it’s really worth a visit. Apparently it’s a festive day today here in Salta, so a lot of stores and stuff are closed.  There are a few things going on today in town, a parade of horses and farmers from the Salta-area and at night there are some other celebrations.
I walked around town, visited the San Francisco church (yes, there is one in every town here in South America, haha!) and the cathedral. After that I took the teleferico up to the Cerro San Bernardo, which has a good sight over the whole town of Salta.

The teleferic

The teleferic

Cascades in the top of the cerro san bernardo

Cascades in the top of the cerro san bernardo

I went to the bus station to check the schedules for buses leaving to Bolivia, and there’s one bus that leaves at 22.30 tonight and another 01.30 tomorrow night. I really don’t know what to do. I’m really split. I sort of feel I could stay one more day because I haven’t really been able to hang that much with my host, and I haven’t seen that museum or done any other tour, but I also really want to hurry my trip up. Today I’ve felt so bad, I think I’m depressed. It was so long time ago I had this feeling inside of me, it’s eating me up, I’m not happy at all and I just want to cry my heart out. I don’t think I’ll be able to do my 1-month volunteer-thing in Bolivia. I might be there one week instead and work with monkeys instead of pumas then (to work with the cat-animals you have to be there for a month at least). I just can’t be away for 2 months. I can’t stand it. I’m so damn close to just turn around and go back too.. but I have already paid for a jungle-tour in Puerto Maldonaldo in Peru so I feel like I need to use it since it was quite expensive, and I do want to see Salar de Uyuni…So I’ll do this quick. I hope it’s worth it. Then I’m done. I was happy with my everyday life in Santa Fe together with Duilio, training and doing my bracelets. I just want to go back to that, being happy and being with the love of my life.

P.S Now when I’m uploading this I’m at the hostal were my host works and I’m having a good time and feeling better then I did earlier today. It’s much better to talk to people and do stuff! I’ve learnt to do a new bracelet too from Belen, it’s so nice!!!

Dinner with my host Sebastian!

Dinner with my host Sebastian!

P.S 2. I stayed another day here too, I’ve changed my plans for Bolivia. I will go directly to Uyuni now instead, taking the train from Villazon. Today I also went to the Maam museum. :)

An old mummy in the Maam museum

An old mummy in the Maam museum

Before I forget, I would also like to put in a small dictionary here with some words we have different here… I remember a couple of days ago when Claudia said something like “Llevas el cancan para que no te se vea la bombacha cuando lleves la pollera!” and I was like HUH?!

Argentinian – Spanish dictionary    (English)

Bombacha – bragas (panties)

Pollera – falda (skirt)

Cancan – Medias (stockings/leggings)

Polainas – calentadores (leg warmers)

Medias – calcetines (socks)
Lentes – gafas (glasses)
Canilla – grifo (tap)
Campera – chaqueta (jacket)
Buzo – hoodie con capucha (hoodie with hoodie)
Canguro – hoodie sin capucha (hoodie without hoodie)
Bremer – camisa de manga larga (pullover)
Remera – camiseta (t-shirt)
Pileta – piscina (pool)
Bermuda/Maya – bañador (bathing suite)
Pieza – habitacion (room)
Piso – suelo (floor)
Choclo – maiz (corn)
Arvejas – guisantes (peas)
Poroto – alubias (white beans)
Zapatillas – bambas (sport shoes)
Pantuflas – zapatillas (slippers)
Toallitas femeninas – compresas (hmmm…)
Antro – bar/pub
Boliche – disco/club
Parlantes – alta voces (speakers)
Paba – tetera (tea pot)
Cola – culo  (ass)
Piba – chica (girl)
Mina –  chica (girl)
Pibe – chico (boy)
Vago – chico (boy)
Varon – chico/hombre (boy/man)
Re-(bien, frio) – muy/mucho (bien/frio) (very)
Esta bárbaro – esta muy bueno/bonito (really good)
Jeans – vaqueros (jeans)
Sanwish – bocadillo (sandwich)
Estacionar – aparcar (to park)
Playa de estacionamiento – parking
Manejar – conducir (drive)
Auto – coche (car)
Colectivo – autobus (bus)
Remis – taxi (cab)
Concha, cajeta, papo – vagina
Verga, chota, poronga – pene (penis)
Cojer, garchar – follar (fuck)
Forro – condon (condom)

Last week in Santa Fe, Argentina

Hello again..

My last post from Santa Fe. I was originally supposed to leave 29th of may, I had my flight back to Cuzco… but I just couldn’t do that, and I really didn’t wanted to either. I decided to stay a couple of more weeks, and then instead of flying to Cuzco, take the bus from here to Bolivia and make the trip backwards of what I had planned.. :) He he! 

Last Friday we had dinner at Duilios parents house, Claudia picked me up here and then we went to pick her sister Lorena up, so I got to meet her and her daughter, son and husband later. So now I’ve met everybody. They are so funny too.. it really reminds me of my family in Spain, big and chatty :) And they have all made me feel sooooo welcome!! And I’ve recieved a gift from the other grandmother Kika this time, and another sweater from Claudia. I’m getting so spoiled here! Next time when I get back here after Bolivia and Peru, I will bring plenty of thing to give them!

Me, Kika, Claudia and Lorena.. And I'm the swedish one?? Haha. I'm the darkest one!

Me, Kika, Claudia and Lorena.. And I’m the swedish one?? Haha. I’m the darkest one!

Three generation of couples ;) Grandparents, parents and us :)

Three generation of couples ;) Grandparents, parents and us :)

At Duilios house with his aunt and her son :)

At Duilios house with his aunt and her son :)

On Saturday we went out on a small sightseeing tour with the boat ”Catamaran”. Santa Fe is surrounded by rivers and small islands. It’s totally different from the city, reminds me a little of the river between Guatemala and Mexico, hehe. It was a nice tour, went really fast though. After that we drove to Parana, a nearby city. They had a beautiful costanera, the walk along the river. We ate our empanadas that Claudia had packed for us the day before :)

At the catamaran, a boat through the rivers in Santa Fe

At the catamaran, a boat through the rivers in Santa Fe

 

The argentinian flag

The argentinian flag

Having empanadas by the river in Parana

Having empanadas by the river in Parana

 

At night we went out dancing on a club here, celebrating Sebastians birthday. Reaaaaally different atmosphere here from everywhere else I have been!! I guess it’s a little bit more european, but we are a lot more drunk and have a lot more fun then they have here. Here everyone is dressed up to their teeth, classy and sofisticated, just looking good on the dancefloor and searching for someone to pick up! A classic meat market! Haha.. in the other countries I’ve visited here in south america, people mainly go out to dance. In sweden people mostly go out to hang out with their friends. And here it’s to find a one night stand. I say mainly, I mean, of course in Sweden people also go out to dance and to flirt, but the most important is to hang out with your friends, since ”going out” usually is the way of hanging out nowadays.

The group picture of the guys :)

The group picture of the guys :)

Anyhow!

On sunday we went out for a long walk around the city and we also visited a handcraft market that only was open this weekend. SO MUCH NiCE THINGS THERE! And really cheep too!!!! We were both so surprised that it was that cheap! We didn’t get so much, but I bought my first own mate! Yep… I’m slowly converting into an Argentinian… haha!

Good morning with my new mate (the cup) and the matching bombilla! (the straw)

Good morning with my new mate (the cup) and the matching bombilla! (the straw)

Also the climate here has really changed now.. when I first got here it was really cold, like 13-15 degrees… now it’s like 25 degrees! Summertime for us Swedes (but it’s winter here, haha). And there’s so much humidity here!! I thought they had cleaned the streets because they were all wet, but no, it’s the humidity..!

So before I forget about it, I want to comment about the trash cans they have here in Santa Fe, I’ve laughed so much at them. The ones that are every where around the city looks like bird cages, they are baskets in different sizes and high up on poles without any bags or anything… haha. I can barely reach them! And then while walking around, I found another kind of garbage can, where you separate the garbage depending if it’s wet or dry. And it’s sooo small!! And then the last one, which I wasn’t sure about because I thought it was a mailbox at first, so I didn’t dare to throw my banana peel there the first times haha. Such a small opening, you can’t throw a can in there for example.

The carbage cans here are so funny! They are like bird baskets and so high up!

The carbage cans here are so funny! They are like bird cages and so high up!

Another funny garbage can.. rally big!  Haha. It also says like "dry garbage" and "wet garbage"....

Another funny garbage can.. really big, almost fits a half 2L pet bottle! Haha. It also says like ”dry garbage” and ”wet garbage”….

The third kind of garbage can here, this one looks like a mailbox!

The third kind of garbage can here, this one looks like a mailbox!

And another thing I think is funny at every supermarket:

This is  a thing I have seen everywhere here in south america - the milk and the yoghurt are in BAGS! Because they have this special beakers at home where they put it in.

This is a thing I have seen everywhere here in south america – the milk and the yoghurt are in BAGS! Because they have this special beakers at home where they put it in.

Well.. not much more to say. We have changed apartment now, because we only had the other one until wednesday, and it was booked for this last days.. Duilio wanted to have a day home to say Good bye.. so we got another apartment from the same girl a little bit further away from the city center, a stones’ throw from Parque sur where we hang out and I go jogging around :)

Hanging out in parque del sur

Hanging out in parque del sur

I love our bathroom in the new appartment! So cute! Love the tile!

I love our bathroom in the new appartment! So cute! Love the tile and the mirror!

My workshop at our new apartment :)

My workshop at our new apartment :)

And it’s so much bigger, we have 3 bedrooms! Haha. But it feels a little weird, the other one really felt like ”our” apartment..  Anyhow.. I’m leaving tomorrow saturday…. It sort of hurts my heart but this time I feel like I can do it, compared to 2 weeks ago when I was supposed to leave.. I really wasn’t ready then. Now I’ll be gone for like 2 months before coming back here again :) 

My everyday life in Santa Fe, Argentina

So… where to start?? It’s soon been a month, can’t believe it. Time have really flown away. What the heck??!

So I arrived at Buenos Aires in the middle of May, and Duilio met me up. He was late though, he was supposed to be there like 2 hours before so he could rest before the drive back, since it is around a 5 hours drive from Santa Fe (where he lives) to Buenos Aires. Here in Argentina ”it’ just by the corner”, but for me, it’s a long distance. Anyways, I’m glad he came to pick me up, so I didn’t have to wait even more hours to see him… It was so wierd to see him again, like unbelievable. But great. Then he tells me – his parents are with him here too, they are parking the car! Haha… oh my god…. I got all embarrased and shy… and sure it felt a little wierd in the beginning to meet them right there, I wasn’t prepared at all, but they are really really sweet and easy.. Good to have that done so I didn’t need to be nervous later, haha :)

We drove to our appartment, really nice one with internet, tv, balcony, kitchen, big bed… lovely.

Our appartment!

Our appartment!

Our balcony and our view!

Our balcony and our view!

Next day Duilio went to work and I went out for a walk to get to know the neigbourhood. It’s really a great ubication, like one block from the city center!

First thing that stroke me is that Santa Fe reminds me a lot of Spain, they sort of have the same architechture and same tiles on the street, and all the people here looks european!!! I really blend in here, no one knows that I’m not from Argentina if I don’t open my mouth : )

These trees are everywhere!  They are called "borrachos" which mean "drunks" because they look like a bottle.. hehe.

These trees are everywhere! They are called ”borrachos” which mean ”drunks” because they look like a bottle.. hehe.

At the old train station. There are no trains here anymore.

At the old train station. There are no trains here anymore.

At night Duilios parents, Claudia and Jorge and his younger brother Lautaro (guapisimo, Andrea!) came by our apartment, they were actually out shopping and needed to pee.. good to have an apartment close then haha. :) Later me and Duilio took a walk around the city and then we ran into them again in the streets, and guess what?? Claudia had bough me a gift!! Just like that! A wonderful black long-sleeved but thin sweater, I’ve been looking to get one so it was perfect! Thank you!

Eating lovely pie that Claudia gave us :) And that's also the sweater she baught me. :)

Eating lovely pie that Claudia gave us :) And that’s also the sweater she bought me. :)

On Friday night I got to meet the first gang of friends of Duilios, the ones from preschool. Really sweet. They all commented on Duilis shoes that I bought for him, hehe. We went to one girls house for drinks there before going out to a club close by, but it was closed, so we went home instead. No pics from that night though!

Next day Duilios other younger brother, Luciano, and his girlfriend Dana, came by our appartment and we had ravioli for lunch. Apparently that’s quite typical to do here : ) It’s a different food culture here, I guess a little bit more italian and spanish then the rest of south america. They eat lots of pasta, empanadas, pies and of course ”asado” , like roast.

Fixing the ravioli-thing! Yep...I had never boiled fresh ones before.. haha.

Fixing the ravioli-thing! Yep…I had never boiled fresh ones before.. haha.

Lunch at our apartment with Luciano and Dana

Lunch at our apartment with Luciano and Dana

Another funny thing here is that they all drink mate! It’s like a bitter tee, and everyone walks around on the streets with their thermos and their mate in the hands. I went to the store of Movistar to activate my sim card to the phone, and the attendants all had a mate as we swedes have our coffee on our desks.  Looked so funny. One afternoon we went to la Costanera, which is like a green park close to the river where everybody hangs out.. on summer they brings their tables and chairs, grill and fernet (typical alcoholic beverage here) and they sit there the whole day, but now that it’s winter they all have they thermos, mates and some biscuits from the conditory. And I really mean everybody! You see couples, families or group of friends, and they all have it with them. But you don’t have one for yourself, you share it in the group. Really nice custom, we should definitively have that in Sweden I think!

By the way.. here in argentina they say ”vos” instead of ”tu” (you) and they also bend the verb totally different.. I’m so surprised about their language, haha, I find it really funny since I think everything is misspelled all the time.. haha

So… during the days, Duilio goes to work, and I sleep, watch tv, do things on the computer, go out training (running, swimming our doing gymnastics, it’s great! It costed me 160 Argentinian pesos, around 30 USD, for a month of training. :)

I’ve also started doing lots of bracelets… so much fun and addictive! In the evenings we sometimes go out for walks or to different parks, and we also cook dinner eeeeevery night.. and we are actually quite good at it! And then we watch either Dexter or Game of Thrones.. Love this life of ours!! : )

Acrame bracelets... not that easy!!!

Acrame bracelets… not that easy!!!

Another kind of bracelets... :)

Another kind of bracelets… :)

Panorama from our balcony

Panorama from our balcony

Dinnertime!

Dinnertime!

I love you!

I love you!

So what more.. well I have met almost all of Duilios family too. We were invited there to have lunch a weekend, and I had already met the closest family, but when I got there, all the grandparents were there aswell, so it was a big family lunch. We had great home made pasta and canelones, and the desert was delicious… both Claudia, Ines and Kika (the grand mothers) do delicious food and cakes : )  They had all heard about me and were all excited about meeting me, I’m really surprised.. apparently Duilio hasn’t presented a girlfriend there before haha…   Oh and by the way, Ines the grandmother had a present for me, a beautiful red scarf. So soft! And she hadn’t even met me before, still she had bought a gift for me! Isn’t that amazing??

The borgo family with girlfriends :) Luciano, Jorge, Dana, Claudia, Lautaro, Me and Duilio.

The borgo family with girlfriends :) Luciano, Jorge, Dana, Claudia, Lautaro, Me and Duilio.

Fika-time! Duilios parents and grandparents. They look serious but are usually not, haha :)

Fika-time! Duilios parents and grandparents. They look serious but are usually not, haha :)

The costanera in Santa Fe

The costanera in Santa Fe

Chilling at the Costanera

Chilling at the Costanera

Another weekend I met Duilis other gang of friends from Santo Tome. We went to Rafa and Joannas house outside town,  really big one with swimming pool and they even have a sheep! Haha. Nico was the chef and made home-made pizzas for everybody… delicious! They are all really nice gang of guys actually. I felt a little bit intimidated since it was big gang of like 10 guys and a few girlfriends.

Also when they spoke big in group I really didn’t get much of what they said.. ..  Almost as difficult as it was to understand Kevin in the beginning! So much slang and different words, not to mention their prononciation…  Apparently the ”Santafesinos” (people here in Santa Fe) are known for their ”bad” prononciation.. They speak really fast and they don’t pronunciate the S.. and sometimes they don’t pronounce other letters either, no general rule here really.. haha.  I remember in the beginning I thought Duilio sounded like a baby that couldn’t speak, but I guess I’ve gotten used to it now.. haha. :) 

:)

Me, Duilio and German

Group picture!

Group picture with the Santo Tome-gang and girlfriends !

We have visited Duilios uncles a couple of times too, they are so funny! They are getting married this fall and going to New York on their honey moon, so they were interested in getting US dollars, which I had brought with me.

Here in Argentina they don’t sell dollars, and the argentinian pesos are worthless outside argentina, so they have really problems when they are going to travel. The normal market value for 1 usd is like 5 arg pesos, but since they don’t sell USD dollars here, they have a big black market here who does (probably owned by the government itself) that sells 1 USD for 8,50 arg pesos.. Yep! Really corrupted country! It’s so weird, because it’s so alike the mediterranean europé, like spain, italy, france… but yet so undeveloped in some aspects.

Anyhow.. Duilios uncles are really funny, and they love to travel, have been almost everywhere! We spent hours talking about different countries and travels we want to do or have done.. : )

At the mall after the cinemas... I think he is gorgeous?? I brought the pullover from Peru :)

At the mall… Isn’t he gorgeous?? The pullover is from Peru :)

Also we have been to the cinema a couple of times, we have seen ”The big gatsby” (Duilios first movie in 3D!:) and ”911 emergency call”. But both movies were a big disappointment. They don’t show many movies here at the same time, so we were limited in our options.. we just knew we didn’t want to see ”Fast and the furios” haha..

Hmm… this is getting long.. I’ll write another post soon!